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2013 Holiday Museum Crawl

2013 holidaycrawl

Enjoy festive music, hot beverages, special discounts and a prize drawing!

‘Tis the season to shop local, and Austin’s Cultural Campus is offering a shopping event to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Downtown Austin is a cultural destination, where unique shops within walking distance of one another offer museum-quality gifts that allow you to make meaningful purchases that support art, history and science in your city.

The Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center have joined forces to present the 2013 Holiday Museum Crawl on Saturday, December 7, with festive music, hot beverages and special discounts for those who mention the Austin Cultural Campus.

By shopping in Austin museums and cultural centers, you can find distinctive gifts, such as original art work, nature-themed jewelry, dinosaur goodies, collectibles, souvenirs or the official state ornament. For a gift that lasts all year, purchase a membership and receive a free gift at some locations while supplies last. Sign up at any location to be entered in a special prize package drawing.

Explore Austin’s museum shops online:

Blanton Museum of Art

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Harry Ransom Center

LBJ Presidential Library

Texas Memorial Museum

Visual Arts Center

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Explore Austin’s Cultural Campus!

In 2010, administrators from two of Austin’s most popular museums put their heads together to brainstorm ways they might help one another publicize events. The brainchild born of that conversation was Austin’s Cultural Campus, a pedestrian-friendly destination offering exhibitions that highlight visual and literary arts, history and science. In addition to rich cultural experiences, visitors can enjoy performances, shopping, dining and much more.

Seven organizations comprise Austin’s Cultural Campus (ACC) and all are located on or near the University of Texas at Austin campus within walking distance of each other—the Blanton Museum of Art, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Texas Memorial Museum, the Visual Art Center, and Landmarks (the public art program of the University of Texas).

Click here to watch a short video about ACC.

“ACC partners with local organizations to offer new and creative ways for visitors to experience member institutions,” explains Kathleen Stimpert, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Blanton and one of ACC’s founders. “Over the years these have included segway tours with SegCity, bike tours with Mellow Johnny’s, music crawls with the Butler School, and a Holiday Shopping crawl.”

You can pick up a rack card at any of the member institutions for descriptions and a map of their locations. Keep up with ACC special events on this blog or our Facebook page.

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Free Concert Crawl at ACC Museums April 6

On April 6, students from the Butler School of Music will perform short, informal chamber music concerts in five museums from Austin’s Cultural Campus. Each mini concert will feature a variety of chamber music masterworks, specifically chosen to respond to the art and ephemera exhibited at each museum. Concerts begin at 1 p.m., and will repeat continuously, on the hour until 4 p.m. Travel from museum to museum for this Concert Crawl, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun.

Austin's Cultural Campus Concert Crawl April 6
Presented by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Austin's Cultural Campus.

Here’s what to look forward to on April 6:

Blanton Museum of Art: Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. The Blanton is particularly well known for its collection of modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Inspired by these collections, musicians from the Butler School are presenting the enchanting Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by the famous twentieth century Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, along with other sumptuous works for classical guitar and bassoon.

Harry Ransom Center: The Harry Ransom Center is cherished in Austin for offering fascinating exhibitions of literature, photography, film, art, and performing art. This spring they present a major exhibition of Arnold Newman’s photographs of innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures. One of Newman’s most iconic images features Igor Stravinsky at a grand piano. Taking inspiration from this photo, the Butler School of Music moves one of its priceless Steinways to the Ransom Center for a collection of chamber music pieces with piano, including the classic masterpiece “Arch Duke” trio by Beethoven.

The Visual Arts Center: The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a place where art exhibition and education intersect, drawing together a uniquely diverse community of students, faculty, guest artists, and creative voices from around the world. Situated in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, on April 6 VAC visitors can explore the popular, annual exhibition of UT student work. The Butler School of Music also presents a concert of music by UT student composers. Come hear lively, colorful, fresh-off-the press chamber music, and discover a new generation of brilliant, young Longhorn artists, composers, and musicians.

Texas Memorial Museum: Natural history with a Texas focus! Texas Memorial Museum is the place to see Texas dinosaurs and fossils, wildlife, and gems and minerals. Marvel at the 30-foot mosasaur that swam here when the area was covered with a shallow sea. Wonder at the Texas Pterosaur – largest flying creature ever found, with a wingspan of 40 feet. Gather beneath the Pterosaur on April 6, as the Butler School presents musicians as archeologists, preforming 17th century music on replicas of antique instruments.

LBJ Library and Center: The LBJ Library houses the historical documents, telephone recordings, video, artifacts and photographs of President Lyndon Johnson to let researchers and the public render their own verdict as to his place in history. The Library features three floors of interactive exhibits to educate visitors about legislation passed during LBJ’s years in the White House. To celebrate LBJ’s heroic legacy for African American civil rights, the Butler School presents a concert of jazz from the 1960s. Enjoy famous tunes by Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, brilliant African American composers that overcame oppression and segregation to change the history of music and American culture.

Visit the participating museums’ websites for directions and parking information.

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Fright at the Museum – mark your calendars!

Sunday,  Oct. 28, 2012, 1-4:45 p.m.

Dress up your little goblins and  celebrate Halloween at Austin’s very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at  the Museum! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of  Texas’ natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled  by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs  while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. Free event  for the entire family!

If you need any accommodation to participate in the event, please contact Christina Cid at least five days before the event.

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Fun Stuff at Texas Memorial Museum!

Mark your calendar! 

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, 1-4:45 p.m. – Identification Day – Scientists and experts from all over Central Texas are on hand to look at and identify natural objects (fossils, rocks, arrowheads, etc.) that you have found and give you more information about them.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 1-4:45 p.m. – Family Fossil Fun Day – Fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. Free admission and free activities.

And, there is still time to participate in the Central Texas Nature Challenge - ends July 27!

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Concerts & Cycling: Join us on Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 14

Bike Tour of Austin’s Cultural Campus
1 p.m.
Meet at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces)
Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.

On this route, we’ll visit museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights, and you will enjoy musical performances from the University’s Butler School of Music’s Chamber Music Outreach Project at each stop.

Ride size is limited, so please RSVP.

Helmets and signed waiver are required. Ride may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check for updated information.


Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl
2–4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of music with the Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl, a chamber music outreach project featuring performers from The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music. Enjoy 20-minute casual chamber music performances at four of the University’s museums: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Performances repeat every half hour. Make plans to visit each institution and hear music by Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.

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Coming up! @ Texas Memorial Museum – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Saturday, March 3, 11am to 4:45pm
FREE activities for the whole-family include:
Ongoing: Arts and crafts, fossil identifications in the Paleo Lab, exploration of specimens at booths hosted by Texas Natural Science Center scientists, and digging in the Fossil Dig Pit.
Timed Presentations:
11:00am – 1:00pm – Music Expedition.  This new family-friendly activity combines musical games and a scavenger hunt with short interactive concerts by students from UT’s Butler School of Music. Students will perform music relating to the museum’s exhibits and offer clues for the scavenger hunt.
11:00am –3:00pm – Fun Fish Facts.  See a diversity of fishes from the Gulf of Mexico and discover fun and interesting facts about each.
2:00pm – 2:40pm – Meet a Fossil Preparator.  Presented by Preparator Laura Naski, who will explain the “tools of the trade” and demonstrate how fossils are cleaned, repaired and made ready for exhibit, research and teaching.

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Fun Fossil Events at the Texas Memorial Museum

Artistic rendering of new dinosaur Sarahsaurus by John Maisano.

After remaining closed since June for renovations, the Texas Memorial Museum is back with lots of fun events for October!

New Exhibit! – Beginning Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis is an early ancestor to giant sauropod dinosaurs. Learn about its discovery and what makes this claw-handed dinosaur such an intriguing find!

Family Fossil Fun Day – Sunday, October 9, 2011 – 1pm to 4:45pm
Fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. Free admission and free activities.
Schedule of Activities:
2:00–2:30 pm (4th floor, theatre) Discovering Sarahsaurus—with Dr. Timothy Rowe, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist. Learn about Dr. Rowe’s exciting find and what Sarahsaurus tells us about dinosaur evolution.

3:00–3:45 pm (4th floor, theatre) Mammoths on the Move—with Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist. Come for storytime and a hands-on exploration of mammoths and their relatives from the last Ice Age!

4:00–4:20 pm (1st floor, Paleo Lab) Meet a Preparator—with Ms. Laura Naski, TNSC educator and Paleo Lab preparator. See the “tools of the trade” and learn how fossils are cleaned, repaired and made ready for exhibit, research and teaching.

Ongoing 1:00–4:30 pm
Sarahsaurus exhibit (2nd floor)
Crafts and games (2nd floor)
Fossil Identifications (1st floor, Paleo Lab)
Fossil Dig Pit (Outside on the west patio)
Dinosaur Track Mats (Outside on the west patio)

National Fossil Day – Wednesday, October 12, 2011

National Fossil Day™ is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
Join paleontologists at Texas Memorial Museum in this nationwide celebration promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology.

Schedule of Activities:
2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm – (2nd floor, Sarahsaurus exhibit)
“Sarahsaurus and the Success of Dinosaurs”—a gallery talk with Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist.

Ongoing 1 pm to 4:45 pm – (1st floor, Paleo Lab area)
Fossil identifications and more! Meet with TNSC paleontologists and members of the Paleontological Society of Austin to learn about the fabulous fossil record of Texas and explore paleontology as a career or hobby.

Fright at the Museum – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 1 pm to 4:45 pm

Dress up your little goblins and celebrate Halloween at Austin’s very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at the Museum! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas’ natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. Free event for the entire family!

This year, we’re out for blood! We’ve partnered with The Blood Center of Central Texas and are hosting a blood drive at the Museum. You too can be a fang-tastic blood donor! Register for the blood drive now.

On the blood drive registration page:
Under Step 1, enter “Vampire” as the sponsor code and October 30, 2011 as the date.
Under Step 2, select “Texas Natural Science Center” as the location.
Under Step 3, click on “Schedule” next to the time you want to donate blood.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds. Donors must bring a photo ID with their date of birth on it.
For more information contact Christina Cid at 512-232-5509.

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